Career Explorers

Hurvis Center Career Explorers at Lincoln Park Zoo

Introducing Youth to Career Possibilities

Not all positions at the zoo require employees to have an interest in working directly with animals. The Career Explorers program let Chicago-area high school students immerse themselves for three weeks in different career paths at Lincoln Park Zoo—from biologist to graphic designer.

Career Explorers Details:

As a Career Explorer, participating youth enjoyed a firsthand look at a number of necessary departments, learning more about each career path while simultaneously gaining experience working in a zoo setting. The program provided participants with support to fully integrate the experience into their academic goals, career plans and areas of personal strength.

Learning continued throughout the school year with Extended Connections, a program that included both Career Explorers and Research Apprentices in monthly sessions. Group activities helped participants develop career awareness and tie their summer experiences to school studies.

Career Explorers was generously supported by the Caerus Foundation.

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